Balance scales weight valid HTML and non-valid HTML

October 7, 2009

Are We Still Arguing About Validation?

As someone who has been teaching HTML for over a decade, I have recollections of students (authoring in Notepad) in total panic because they forgot to close their </table>s, and thus Netscape 3 would deliver a blank page (Draconian error handling has a history too) – I also remember that they only made that mistake once, and never forgot it after that.

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[Photo: talismans]

August 4, 2009

Talismans, Active Listening, and a half-time show

First of all, I would like to suggest that today the @summary debate has digressed to something of a fight over a Talisman. Maybe that is in part my fault, and if so I will take the blame. I used that Talisman to force a dialog that has needed to happen for a very long time. Some people might find my tactics offensive, or childish, and others will remain trapped in arguing about what the data and research does or doesn’t say, does or doesn’t do, proves, disproves or concludes. You all need to just stop for a minute and take a deep breath.

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HTML5 Video Accessibility

July 26, 2009

The most pressing Accessibility issue in HTML5 today? <video>

Over a wonderfully authentic Thai dinner the other night with my friend, Opera Web Evangelist and HTML5 Doctor Bruce Lawson, conversation naturally turned to the outstanding accessibility issues that still need to be addressed in HTML5. While we both agree that finding a solution for <canvas> is going to be both vexing and messy, I suggested to Bruce that completing the <video> element to properly address accessibility before Last Call (currently scheduled for October, 2009) was likely even more pressing. Here’s why

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Photo: XML Parsing error dialog

March 21, 2009


Recently I’ve come under attack (sometimes viscously and personally) for daring to suggest that “fail” when writing HTML5 should have catastrophic consequences. The most recent incident involves my exploration of what should constitute appropriate (and now mandatory) fallback content for the <canvas> element. Brushing aside the personal attacks by small and narrow minds, I’d like to explore and expand upon my position a bit further.

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Sticks and Stones

March 13, 2009

Sticks and stones can break my bones…

Extremist… I am proud to wear that label. I make no apologies for drawing my line in the sand, but to be very clear to all – that is *MY* line, and not that of all those that work and live in the accessibility space that we share. For those within our community who become uncomfortable with my stance, I apologize to them for their discomfort only, but not for my stance. And for those who have written me in the past supporting my comments – thank you for your encouragement.

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